Friday Lit Links

  • August 29, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews This week, the world mourned the passing of Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim. In her first New York City appearance in over 10 years, Herta Müller discusses her life and her writing with author and translator Claire Messud. Translated fiction is booming in British markets, fueled by popular Scandinavian and Arabic authors, according to this recent...
  • August 22, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews After years of civil war and conflict, Afghan refugees are beginning to return home and bring with them waves of migrant literature. The 2014 PEN/Heim Fund Translation winners have been announced, honoring 15 translators and their works. What do you see when you read? Peter Mendelsund takes readers on a journey through their own imaginations in an ex...
  • August 15, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews All of us wish a huge congratulations to the recently named NEA Literary Translation Fellowships, including past WLT contributors Wendy Call, Alex Cigale, Bruce Fulton, and Niloufar Talebi. The Huffington Post will soon be appearing in an Arabic-language edition. Last week the world noted the anniversary of the start of World War I,...
  • August 8, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Since 2011, fierce Taliban rule in Pakistan has silenced traditional Pashtun poets. Now, migrating from the region, a group of about 50 poets are defying their orders, returning to the verses they love to describe their refugee status. Have you heard of the film Snowpiercer? Few know that before it was a hit film, it was a French graphic nov...
  • August 1, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Is literary translation something that can be taught? Translator Katy Derbyshire shares her thoughts on the subject and the BCLT summit. International authors discuss their thoughts on writing in English and expanding their native literature in a recent New York Times piece. For Words Without Borders, translator Esther Allen recentl...
  • July 25, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Hala Salah, the woman behind the only literature review to translate English works into Arabic, is embarking on a brand new venture: audiobooks for the blind. At some point, all of us have struggled to learn a new language. But this creative piece at the New York Times shows that sometimes, the struggle to learn a new skill, like a new langu...
  • July 18, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The seven finalists for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature have been announced! The winning author will be named at the 2014 Neustadt Festival in Norman, Oklahoma. New reports from the author herself reveal that Tibetan political dissident Woeser and her husband, Wang Lixiong, have been placed under house arrest i...
  • June 27, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    We’ll be taking a two-week summer break from our Friday Lit Links, returning on Friday, July 18th. In the meantime, you can follow us on Twitter @worldlittoday to keep up with all the latest literary news. News, Reviews, and Interviews The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has a new Director of Literature: meet Amy Stolls, who will oversee the organization’s grant and fellows...
  • The 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize Jury
    June 20, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The jurors for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s literature have been announced! Read the announcement on the Neustadt Prize website for more information on each juror. In a speech in April 2012, Herta Müller describes the “space between languages,” where the true beauty of translation resides. This week, Charles Wright was...
  • Mahmoud Darwish
    June 13, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews A new film, “Write Down, I Am an Arab,” will tell the story behind Mahmoud Darwish’s greatest love affair, with a Jewish woman he fell for when he was just 22 years old. A new display of Wafaa Bilal’s “Ashes Series” photographs is now on display at the Driscoll Babcock Galleries, displaying tiny dioramas that paint the human cost of...
  • June 6, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews The current state and future of Israeli literature (and much of its politics) was showcased at this year’s International Writers Festival, held May 22 in Jerusalem. Kirkus Media, the folks behind the Kirkus Review, recently announced the launch of three new literary prizes, for fiction, nonfiction, and young-reader literature. Disney’s anima...
  • Maya Angelou
    May 30, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week, the world said good-bye to Maya Angelou, beloved author and poet. You can read a tribute to her, which includes photos of her visit to Oklahoma for the 1986 Neustadt Festival, at the WLT blog. Several new Native American reads are available in the 2014 American Indian Catalog by the University of Oklahoma Press. In the first time in the prize’s history, the Independent Foreig...
  • May 23, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Following success at this year’s London Book Fair, where Korean literature was the main theme and focus, The Korea Times notes that K-Lit is now becoming more popular and widespread throughout the reading world. Earlier this month, Wesleyan University announced its first ever distinguished literary translator, naming Norman Shapiro as this y...
  • A Chair for My Mother
    May 16, 2014 | Jen Rickard Blair
    News, Reviews, and Interviews Need a dose of literary inspiration? Watch the highlights reel from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival, where award-winning Argentinean-Spanish writer and translator Andrés Neuman talks about why he writes and also delivers some clever tips for aspiring authors.  In order to gather some understanding surrounding the kidnappings in Nigeria...
  • The Great Reading Room
    May 9, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    The Great Reading from Book Riot's Literary Tourism: Norman, Oklahoma piece. Photo: Wikimedia Commons This week, several of the links below examine the political pasts of countries around the world to usher in changes for the future. You’ll read about an award-winning author’s struggle to tell the story of one of Nigeria’s bloodiest civil wars, as well as a group of brave and resilient women in...
  • May 2, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    It was another great week, filled with announcements from various literary prizes. Below, we’ve provided links to announcements about the Best Translated Book Awards, the Lambda Literary Prize, and Orion Book Awards. Our Neustadt lit links also contain information on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, so make sure to head there as well! News, Reviews, and Interviews How...
  • A tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    April 25, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    This week was full of celebrations, once again. Though we said goodbye to Gabriel García Márquez, literary readers, writers, and publishers around the globe celebrated his exceptional life. We also celebrated poetry with Poem in Your Pocket Day, Shakespeare’s birthday, and Earth Day this week. News, Reviews, and Interviews Last week, the world said goodbye to a true literary gre...
  • The Sublimes by Yuri Mamleyev
    April 18, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    The newly released translation of Yuri Mamleyev's The Sublimes can be ordered with a 3D printed nylon doll. T. S. Eliot once described the month of April as the “cruellest month,” but we can’t believe how chock-full of celebration it is! From National Poetry Month to National Library Appreciation Week, April seems to have it all for literary lovers. Find these celebrations plus more in...
  • Sherman Alexie in a video interview with Poets & Writers
    April 11, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Sherman Alexie in a video interview with Poets & Writers Between lit prize announcements and several very exciting upcoming events, this week was an exhilarating one! Make sure to pay extra attention to this week’s For Your Calendar section, where we’ve highlighted several great events coming your way very soon. News, Reviews, and Interviews Sherman Alexie’s books t...
  • Photo by Diane Cordell/Flickr
    April 4, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Diane Cordell/Flickr This week was a mix of news, commentary, and fun. Below, you’ll find stories on the very first ebook and a new reading list for poetry skeptics. And don’t forget to check this week’s Neustadt Lit Links for even more literary news and updates! News, Reviews, and Interviews Translation has been compared to many things, but most recently, Edith Grossma...
  • March 28, 2014 | Jen Rickard Blair
    Andrés Neuman autographing a book after opening night. Photo by Laura Hernandez We’ve been buzzing on the WLT Facebook and Twitter accounts all week with exciting reports from the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival. Continue to tune in today as we wrap up the festival with a roundtable discussion and a keynote talk by 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow Andrés Neuman. News, Reviews,...
  • Andrés Neuman
    March 21, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Andrés Neuman, the 2014 Puterbaugh Fellow, will be visitingWLT at the University of Oklahoma March 26-28th. All this week, we’ve been preparing for the Puterbaugh Festival, where we will be honoring Argentinean-Spanish author Andrés Neuman and celebrating literature and translation. We hope you can join us, either in person or online! This week’s lit links feature news from around the w...
  • Krys Lee
    March 14, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Photo by Matt Douma. Neustadt juror Krys Lee is one of two authors honored with an American Academy of Arts and Letters, read more about Neustadt Prize-related news in the Neustadt Lit Links. This week was full of news from around the world. Many literary prizes were announced this week, which you can read about in the Neustadt lit links on our website for the Neustadt Prizes. You’ll also find n...
  • The March 2013 cover of WLT
    March 7, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    While you’re browsing through this week’s set of lit links, we would really appreciate your help. We are currently in the running for ASME’s Best Cover Contest and need votes to win! All you have to do is click on this link to our March 2013 cover on Facebook and like the photo to cast your vote for us. Voting in our category stays open until Sunday, March 9. We appreciate your help! News...
  • Protesters in Kiev
    February 28, 2014 | Kaitlin Hawkins
    Barricade with the protesters at Hrushevskogo street on January 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo Sasha Maksymenko/Flickr It was an exciting week for both World Literature Today and world literature. In magazine news, we launched the March issue, celebrating international humor and the 2012 Puterbaugh Fellow, Maaza Mengiste. In world lit news, new plays, new books, and new essay...

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